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Limiting Message size at The Monastery Gates

by shotgunefx (Parson)
on Oct 19, 2001 at 01:43 UTC ( #119814=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

It may sound like a minor complaint and I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but it would be nice if more people would use READMORE tags in their posts. I like to see the messages at a glance and see if anything catches my interest.

When huge nodes get front-paged, it makes it a pain to get to the nodes listed below them scrolling through a hundred lines of code.

Perhaps a user setting that will truncate these posts at a preset character limit and automatically generate a READMORE link?

-Lee

"To be civilized is to deny one's nature."

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Re: Limiting Message size at The Monastery Gates
by Masem (Monsignor) on Oct 19, 2001 at 02:12 UTC
    Editors can add READMORE tags when it's appropriate; if you believe that a node should be edited to include that, just use the appropriate nodelet and let us know that via ntc

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    Dr. Michael K. Neylon - mneylon-pm@masemware.com || "You've left the lens cap of your mind on again, Pinky" - The Brain
    "I can see my house from here!"
    It's not what you know, but knowing how to find it if you don't know that's important

      I didn't even think of that. The only time I've bothered the editors when I typoed the readmore tag myself and had it fixed.

      On the other hand, it would be easier for everybody if people just did it in the first place.

      -Lee

      "To be civilized is to deny one's nature."

Re: Limiting Message size at The Monastery Gates
by jlongino (Parson) on Oct 19, 2001 at 09:51 UTC
    I agree that people should use READMORE tags on long posts. If you have something interesting to say, a well placed  <READMORE>  can be used to effectively pique the readers interest. If one can't be placed effectively, then it's probably not interesting enough to post.

    --Jim

Re: Limiting Message size at The Monastery Gates
by mischief (Hermit) on Oct 19, 2001 at 21:19 UTC

    You're right, this has been suggested before (or at least something like it). After reading your post, though, I thought of a slightly different suggestion that might achieve the same effect: having a "low bandwidth" version of the Gates (or maybe an option in the user settings to cut off posts automatically)? Might be something to do for the weekend...

Re: Limiting Message size at The Monastery Gates
by drifter (Scribe) on Oct 19, 2001 at 19:16 UTC
    Yes I agree, also I would like to add that the use of correct subject line would help. Would be nice to see posts and for example have links to 5 last replies. Just my 5 cents...
      Good point. Providing a good subject line is something that gets ignored a lot. Many are lacking. (Plus different people tend to quantify things differently.)

      -Lee

      "To be civilized is to deny one's nature."

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